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The SMART Board interactive whiteboard, through its touch-sensitive surface, gives you access to all the functions of your computer while presenting to your audience—making it great for teachers and other professionals who need to share different types of material. Join SMART Certified Trainer Steve Blatt as he shows how to use a SMART Board in conjunction with SMART Notebook software to design and organize dynamic presentations. Learn how to connect to your computer, manage objects, insert graphics, and dazzle your audience with reveals.
What reveal do I use most often? The answer is, Animate and Reveal. It's super easy to set up and packs a lot of bang for the buck. Here's an example from a maths class that I teach. So this is a warm up, and right here I have the questions, and I already have the three answers there. But of course, when my students come into the classroom, I don't want them to see the answers. So somehow I need to animate those three objects so that they will reveal when I'm ready.
So I'm going to go ahead and select the first object, and I'm going to have that fade in. I'm going to show you what that looks like. So we're going to go ahead and go to the properties tab, and we're going to go to Object Animation, and we're going to set it to fade in. Notice in my choices, I could have it fade in, fade out, flip around, fly in, fly out, shrink and grow and spin. But many of those are just very distracting, and I don't tend to use them very often. Instead, I'm going to select just Fade In and I'm going to have it occur when the object is clicked.
With that selection, touch anywhere on my screen. I'm ready to go. When my students have finished the warm-up and we've discussed the answer, I'm ready to click. And show the answer. Now, my students have figured out though, that when this is set up, and I'm going to go ahead and res, I'm gon, reset that animation so you can see what it looks like. I'm going to forward the page, and I'm going to go back in the page. This is reset that for me the instructor, there's a ghost of the image. And my students have figured out that when there's a ghost of the image, they can look really closely as they walk in and they can actually see the answer.
Well, we do'nt want that. So, I'm going to ahead and show you how to reset this. Now if I click on the image, the animation happens. So somehow I have to select that image without actually touching it. So I'm going to go ahead and go to my Selector tool and go to marquee select. There we go. Now I've selected that object with that, without actually starting the animation. I am going to go back to my properties tab and I am change that transparency. Good. And I need to go to my object animation and just choose none. So, there is, there is the object.
Kind of back to normal without any kind of animation set up. I am going to show the way that I would do this on this page. I would go ahead and go to my objects panel there. And I would select a white rectangle with a white line. Now, if you don't already have a white rectangle with a white line, you know you can go to the properties and create a white rectangle with a white line. With that selected, all I have to do is just draw a rectangle across my object. Go to my Selector tool. Select that rectangle.
Go to properties again so this time we're going to select that rectangle and we're going to animate the rectangle that's on top of the answer. So with that rectangle selected I'm going to go to object animation and I'm going to select fade out. And this is what it looks like. Here's the question, here is the answer behind a white rectangle. And when I as an instructor are ready, am ready to reveal that answer, all I have to do is click, and reveal. There is a challenge in the exercise files for this movie, so you can practise object animations yourself.
Animations are fun. And, while the fancier ones can be a bit distracting, I find the fade out animation, with something behind to be revealed, to be a staple in my instructional diet.
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